Taste Test: Jarred Pasta Sauces from Celebrity Chefs and Restaurants

Close Out sale at a grocery store Rao's 1/2 price so I tried it. Maybe because it's normally so pricey it sat too long? It was seriously gross! It wasn't past it's expiration date or anything but I literally tried 2 bites and couldn't eat anymore. There's something to be said for nice acidity to a sauce but this was almost rancid. Anyway I've found a really nice brand that no one else has mentioned, Dei Fratelli that I use almost exclusively now. Has anyone else tried it? My wife really likes Emeril's Kicked up Tomato for it's spicy heat which is the only other brand we buy regularly except for occasional forays into other brands.

Open Thread: When Did You First Fall in Love with Pizza?

When I found out I was sensitive to gluten. I get itchy and can break out into hives if I have too much gluten. I was pretty strict gluten free for about 5 years. The only thing I would indulge in is pizza. I would take a large allergy pill and suffer through the itching.

The Best Food to Order at Panda Express

The shanghai steak is very good. It's 1.25 more so it should be. Steak asparagus mushrooms and onions in a spicy teriyaki sauce. Almost always the steak is tender, the asparagus crisp and the mushrooms filling.

Does Adding Pasta Water Really Make a Difference?

I wonder if Gluten Free Pasta / Rice Pasta makes a difference or if starch is starch. I use both types and usually just mix sauce and noodles in bowl.

Poll: Do You Cut Your Burger in Half Before You Eat It?

I cut burgers in half to ensure they are correctly cooked to the requested temp. If this is not a problem, like culvers where they only cook to one temp, I don't cut. Or if they burger is huge like a 1 lber. Then I cut in half.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Tasty Burgers and Terrible Service at Gordon Ramsay BurGR in Las Vegas

What about Ms? I've been to many places that have replaced M'am which many people feels has age connotations with Ms as a neutral term of respect.

We Try the New Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger from Hardee's & Carl's Jr.

Hardee's is probably one of my favorite fast food joints but I tend to avoid their specialty burgers such as this and go with the classics. Though I love the mushroom swiss burger on sourdough bun rather than the original and when I really crave a greasebomb nothing beats the original MONSTER burger, lol

Crispy Quesadilla Burger at Brisco County Wood Grill in Menomonee Falls, WI

When in Menomonee Falls / Germantown the only places I go for burgers are not because they are great burgers, but because the have great burger deals, lol. AJ O'Bradys has $1 burgers on Tue as long as you get something to drink. Toppings are $0.50 except for the egg for $1.00. Barley Pop in Germantown has a 1/2 burger for $2 on mon or a 1 lb burger for $3 which is a great deal too.

Crispy Quesadilla Burger at Brisco County Wood Grill in Menomonee Falls, WI

Brisco County has fallen off. I really used to love it about 10 years ago but my wife and I went recently and were not impressed at all. Especially with the manager who thought it would be a good idea to berate one of the servers in front of customers. Wouldn't go there again even if it WAS the best burger in MKE area.

reheating BBQ ribs?

My wife and I usually just put a little more sauce on ours to help moisturize and then put them in the toaster oven to reheat. This helps keep them moist but also gets the little crisp bits in places.

Chain Reaction: Famous Dave's

The homemade bbq chips are by far the best side they have!

Chain Reaction: Famous Dave's

I love famous daves but I think the one in Waukesha is better than in Greenfield.

Chain Reaction: Little Caesar's Deep!Deep! Dish Pizza

I really like the jets 8 corner pizza too. I'd like to know if properly executed, how this one stacks up as it's at least 4$ cheaper in my neck of the woods.

Little Caesars Announces New DEEP!DEEP! Dish Pizza

I love Jet's 8 Corner Pizza. It's my go to delivery pizza now. Where I work I've been reduced to Domino's as the only pizza place to get decent service. However a lot of my coworkers were just lauding the qualities of little ceasars so this article made me laugh.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Camp Bacon Gift Box

Slab bacon chopped and put into rice a roni.

Your Last Minute New Year's Eve Drinking Guide

Quick question, Poinsetta's. Do they have cointreau or not?

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Pork Belly Heaven Package

I can't say :( Never had it yet.

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Turducken!!! Yum!!!

Does the McRib Still Matter?

I love the McRib for the nostalgia of being a kid. When I sit down and think about it, the McRib was my introduction to "bbq" and has led to my lifelong love of ribs and other tasty smokey meats. As soon as it was back I went out and got two and really enjoyed them. One thing I like to do now though is to get the chipotle bbq and put it on the McRib to give it a bit more bite. Not looking for the healthy good for me great tasting meal thing, just the make me feel good and remember my youth when I didn't have to worry about fat and calories feeling.

Chain Reaction: Quaker Steak and Lube

I acually like Quaker Steak and Lube for their wings. Their much larger than say BW3's and the few times I've been there the service is outstanding. My wife had a burger once and it was definitely a mess and the least enjoyable thing. We had to send it back but they were very understanding and took it of the bill. I would say branching from the wings would be a mistake but as far as wings from chains go among my favorite.

Gluten Free Fried Chicken

Not sure about fried chicken on the bone, but when I cook chicken breasts I use crushed cornflakes.

A Pizza My Mind: Why You Should Eat More Bad Pizza

Lance you can't be a complete and total scotch snob if you still like Johnny Blue! So many people are on the single malt bandwagon that they would never think of drinking a blended scotch anymore. Unless that was your definition of a "bad" scotch to drink instead?

Papa Johns Pepperoni and Meatball Pizza

Love a brave volunteer CandiRisk! As I said, I personally prefer Papa Johns from all the chains, maybe because of the nostalgia of PJ's from college? They replaced the Pizza Pit and I thought was a huge upgrade. Of course then the crust on the pizza was the same as their breadsticks, nice and soft and pillowy with lots of yeasty wonderful flavor. Alas, no more.

Papa Johns Pepperoni and Meatball Pizza

Ordering Extras

We went to a restuarant in WI Dells for pizza. We ended up ording a two topping pizza. Half was sausage & ham, half was pepperoni and mushroom. We also ordered extra sauce. We also ordered spaghetti. It was a little light on sauce so we asked for a little extra. No problem.
When we got our bill they charged us for 4 toppings and 50 cents for the extra sauce on the pizza and extra cup they brought out. Now I understand that every restuarant has a right to price things the way they want. But I think we should have been told when we ordered that they were going to upcharge us for those things. So my question is overall, should pizza toppings be billed per topping or per 1/2 of pizza. They put the same amount of toppings on that they would have had we only ordered mushroom and pepperoni on the whole thing and only charged us for 2. Should extra sauce be an extra charge? And don't the diner's have a right to know if a special request is going to be charged extra?

Tipping for Carry Out?

Just read How Much Should You Tip on Pizza Delivery and it was very entertaining. Now I have a question. One of my friends, who made his living as a waiter in college, believes it is mandatory to tip even when you get carryout. Is this common? I never tip for carry out. Am I just being cheap?

Iron Chef Judges

SE staff in particular but all readers too, which Iron Chef would you most like to be a judge for? Will we ever see an SE'r at the judges table?

Speedway Pizza

For those of you with Speedway gas stations, have you ever tried the pizza? Don't get me wrong it's not great pizza but for fast food pizza I think it is very good. I love both the slices of pepperoni and the julienne pepporoni. I also like the way the crust gets nice and crisp on the edges but still stays soft in the center. It's definitely better than any frozen pizza. Anyone else?

Braised Short Ribs

So I'm sorry, I'm not that food aware but when someone says braised short ribs what should the consistency be? Are they fork tender? Should they be more like barbecue ribs where there's still some toothsome quality? I ordered braised short ribs from a restuarant this weekend and I really couldn't tell the difference between the ribs and say a pot roast. Is that right?

The Food Lab: How to Make a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich at Home

We've been hearing an awful lot about Chick-Fil-A—the Atlanta-based fried chicken sandwich fast food chain—in the news recently, and it's not been about how awesome their chicken sandwiches are, which is somewhat unfortunate, because those sandwiches are awesome. I decided to figure out how to make them at home. Here's how it's done. And yes, you can even make 'em on a Sunday. More